2021 update – Creative Market has made some significant changes to it’s model including adding a $.96 “Platform fee” to each transaction, increasing their commission and setting a minimum price requirement for seller’s products.
I’ve been selling my designs on Etsy since October 2011 and it’s brought me so many opportunities I could never have imagined. Recently I decided to try selling my clipart and digital papers on Creative Market, a digital marketplace that primarily sells fonts, clipart, patterns, textures, and website templates.
There are some differences between Etsy and Creative Market – they both have their pro’s and con’s. If you’re thinking about opening a shop on either site I suggest you read this post first so you understand the differences.
File Size Limit
If you’re planning to offer digital downloads – Creative Market allows for much bigger file sizes than Etsy. This saves me time in not having to manually email orders out to customers.
Etsy – 20MB (Maximum upload of 5 zip files) Creative Market (CM) – 500MB
When you have hundreds of products, $.20 per product can add up pretty quick. You pay a listing fee whenever you add or renew a product listing. I average about $60-$80 a month in listing fees.
Etsy – $.20 per listing CM – Free
Listing Renewal Fee
I love that with Creative Market I don’t even need to renew a sold listing. With Etsy I need to make sure a listing is renewed as soon as it’s sold or a customer looking for it may not find it!
Etsy – $.20 CM – Free
I like that Etsy puts money in my wallet so quickly. If I were depending on a large payment and had to wait two weeks for Creative Market to payout – that could be a problem.
Etsy – PayPal payments go directly into your PayPal account, Direct Checkout (credit card) every Monday. CM – Requested payouts will be totaled at the end of the month, and paid out on the 15th of the following month.
Creative Market takes a huge commission. If they didn’t have free listings and allow for large file sizes I don’t know that I would sign up with them.
Etsy takes 5%. For instance if you sell a product for $14.00 – you receive $13.30. Creative Market takes 40%. For instance if you sell a product for $14.00 – you receive $8.40.
Overall I think Etsy is a better choice for selling digital products. If I had to only choose one platform, it would be Etsy. The good news is that you never have to choose just one platform. It pays to use all platforms for your products as long as you’re aware of the pros and cons for each.
In 2021, Creative Market upset many sellers by making some significant changes. On top of already increasing the commission by an additional 10% (up from 30%), buyer’s now have to pay a $.96 “Platform Fee”. The fee does not go to sellers, instead it goes to Creative Market.
Creative Market also rolled out a new change where they set a minimum price requirement for all products. Meaning, if you chose to sell a product for a low price, let’s say $4, the new minimum price set by CM is $6.
Seller’s have also reported a huge drop in sales since Creative Market has made these recent changes.
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Hi, there! Happy to read this post, I’m thinking about to sell my wordpress theme on CM and Etsy, do you know is there anyone probably to buy the theme on ETSY?
Sure, I see a lot of themes on Etsy – good luck!
Hi there. Great article & very helpful, so thank you for publishing it. I have a quick question, I have been led to believe that you can upload full size images for the customer to download directly from Etsy, but I have just checked out the Easy guidelines, & they are saying that only images of up to 1000 pixels wide are allowed? Well, if I’m selling hi res, full size stock imagery, 1000 pixels won’t be big enough. Do you have any ideas how I could get around this or point me in the right direction as to where I might find the answer?
Many thanks. Louise
Thanks Louise! You’re correct that Etsy has an instant download feature. I don’t believe there is a restriction in the height or width of the file however there is a restriction on the file size (20MB). You can upload up to 5 separate files that are max 20MB (so 100MB total). I think you’ll be fine with 1000px wide image. Good luck!
Hey there ~ Thank you so much for this. Super helpful, since I’m looking to start either an Etsy or Creative Market shop. After reading this, I think I’ll start with Etsy, get the hang of it, and then move into Creative Market later! 🙂
Hey Britt! I’m glad you enjoyed. Good luck with your shop!
thank u for the info, it helps me lot
will etsy allow putting your art on creativemarket and vice versa? or do they require exclusivity ?
Absolutely! Your work is not owned by Etsy you can post it anywhere.
Thank you for this article. I am already a seller on etsy and I just found out about Clevermarket. I think I will start selling there too. But you should mention that Etsy has other fees too. Except from the 3,5% comm. and the 0.20 for listings, they charge the transaction fees $0.25 (from each order you sell, not for a total amount) plus the tax.
As I red in CM support, they do not have transaction fees. Please correct me if I m wrong.
Again, your article was so complete and to the point!
Hey Casey, you mentioned that you often email large digital files to your Etsy customers after they purchase from you. Do you offer a smaller size file (under 20mb) for them to download initially? And then follow up with an email containing the larger file? What’s your process getting large files to customers and assuring them that the files will arrive in a timely manner?
Hey Josh, That’s a good point to offer them an initial download but I would be afraid it could confuse my customers (you know how so many people never read the details before purchasing). I still occasionally send large files through Google Drive. I’ll mark the order as complete and then send them the link to download the file!
Thanks for all useful infos. Right on point:
Thank you for sharing views.
It is very helpful for new entrepreneur like me.
Other than Etsy and CM, Which online marketplace you will suggest to sell pattern designs and graphics.
You’re welcome! I’ve only used Etsy and CM. Design Bundles is another site you might want to check out!
Hi Casey, Thank you. I live in a country where we cannot use Etsy. I was only able to make $4.6 from a $23. it’s so disappointing that creatives do not make enough from their creations on CM. The best option for anyone not able to get on Etsy is to invest in their own website.
You’re most welcome! Creative Market has changed a lot, I should update this post. They now offer a membership and I agree, the earnings from CM are not what they used to be. I’ve been exploring using other sites like AppSumo, Creative Fabrica, and Design Bundles. It cost’s nothing to add your work to these sites, just your time and effort so I believe it’s worth trying other sites that have a different audience.